Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrusy with hints of toffee, and butterscotch. Very good and not too acidic, alcohol is not overpowering in the tatse and it is still very warming. Damned Good.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2005 22 oz bottle, snifter. Caramel, cereal, toffee, candi sugar? malt (H); flower and perfume hops (M); light alcohol, white grapes, pear, peach, butterscotch aromas. Average sized, creamy, off-white, diminishing head sits on an amber-orange body. Heavily sweet, heavily acidic flavor becomes a heavily sweet, heavily acidic, moderately bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/creamy texture, moderately alcoholic, lively carbonation, slightly astringent. The bottom line is: this one is really hot right now, but I expected that. Great toffee / butterscotch aftertaste.
The 2005 version is not hot out of the bottle close to itís release date. Sure, thereís some alcohol, but nothing like last yearís. Also, thereís a big biscuit presence that I didnít notice previously. Iíve adjusted my ratings to go with what would be found on the shelves right now.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is not nearly as tasty as previous years and what is up with the font on the bottle, I am squinting here trying to read this. Crystal clear golden amber appearance, with a fastly fading head, leaving a residual bubbly foam. Sugary sweet, lightly hoppy aroma, lots of caramel corn and candi/brown sugars in the aroma and flavor. Nicely balanced, but this is still a really young tasting barleywine, that needs to age a year or so. Slightly astringent with a bitter aftertaste.
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite as good as last yearís version but I liked it well enough. Pours golden orange with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing through the entire glass. The aroma is big on malt, along with some hops, butter and alcohol. Rich-bodied and smooth despite the bitter hops and borderline harsh alcohol. There are also malt and grapefuit flavors in the mix. Despite being a little rough this is a good Barley Wine.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle-In the vaults of HI International. Super hoppy and intense, as expected. Some caramelly malts, huge pine orange hops in here, and pretty bitter. Some lychee. Very noticable alcohol in the finish, tasty, but a bit raw.
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep cloudy golden color, minimal but mostly lasting head. aroma is very heavy on buttery toffee and earthy hops, and for some reason a little bit of canteloupe. flavor is lightly sweet, tongue numbing alcohol, hops not really all that assertive in the flavor. finish is moderately sweet. I was hoping this would be better.
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out an amber color with basically no head. It has a very strong aroma of alcohol. The taste is somewhat bitter with an overwhelming amount of alcohol taste. Iíd reccoment Old Horizontal instead, much better barley wine.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color with a thin head. Dominating hops aroma with sugar. Strong flavors of hops, maybe some malt too. Bitter finish. The hops are too strong for this barley wine to be very good, itís too unbalanced. The beer is probably too young.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2004 a bit to srong/bitter tasting for me,made me pucker up at each mouthfull.
not for me!
the more i drink of this the better it gets,just got in from mowing the lawn and this glass is awsone,,getting better.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark caramel with a half inch head that fades to a thin broken layer. Aroma of dough, and resiny piney hops. Flavor is of sweet malts, piney hops, and a little bit of citrusy hops. Flavor is a little bit more blended then most American barleywines which tend to have very divided flavors. It is a rich barleywine but mild enough that you can take a full mouthful without being overpowered, which lets you drink it a bit to fast. Very nice.